Coach: Basma Joseph
Last season: 10-8
Top returners: Sr. OH Kameron Fobbs, Jr. S Stephanie Hentemann, Jr. OH Sophia Kaiser, Sr. L Juliet Montague.
Top newcomers: So. Jadyn Brown, MH.
Outlook: With eight seniors, the Black-Hawks will look to gel quickly under an entirely new coaching staff.
Coach: Courtney Guengerich
Last season: 7-14 (5-8 district)
Top returners: Sr. MB Elyssia Smith, Sr. OH Simone Nowell, So. S Paityn Walker.
Top newcomers: Jr. MB Josleyn Jones.
Outlook: The Eagles look to make a state run behind a strong group of seniors headed by senior Elyssia Smith.
Coach: Joe Cox
Last season: 19-12 (8-8 district)
Top returners: Sr. OH Sarah Corona, Sr. L Olivia Dillon, Sr. S Sarah Dishman, Sr. S Jordan Patrick, Jr. OH Mackenzie Green, Sr. MH Anna Bear, Sr. MH Taylor Patrick, OH/S So. Makayla Wonpat, Jr. OH Shelby Lam.
Top newcomers: Jr. M Imani Lewis, So. L/DS Kimberly Dishman, Jr. DS Olivia Fountain.
Outlook: Six talented seniors, along with sophomore jack-of-all-trades utility player Makayla Wonpat, gives a deep Panthers team a solid shot at a district title.
Coach: Kim Glassie
Last season:14-7 (7-5 district)
Top returners: Sr. Maya Barnhill, Sr. Jordan Hall.
Top newcomers: Fr. Nalani McBride.
Outlook: Three potential senior starters did not return, leaving the Wildcats in rebuilding mode with five freshmen in the mix. McBride is a promising newcomer.
Coach: Nicole Candelora
Last season: 22-1 (14-0 district), Region 5D champion
Top returners: Jr. OH Victoria Barrett, Sr. OH Sydney Ferguson.
Top newcomers: So. MB Gabriella Figueroa.
Outlook: After losing five seniors from last season’s state semifinal squad, the Wolverines will lean on junior Victoria Barrett and senior Sydney Ferguson, both of whom received all-state honors in 2017.
Coach: Brittany Brown
Last season: 17-6 (7-5 district), Region 6B champion
Top returners: Sr. OH Hannah Henley, So. S/OH Alexis Troy.
Top newcomers: Fr. OH Zoe Topper, Jr. S Cassidy Plucker.
Outlook: With a new coach and several new starters, the Bears have a tough act to follow up last year’s regional championship.
Coach: Alexandra Ulses
Last season: Overall: 2-17 (0-12 district)
Top returners: So. MB Lydia Tillapaugh.
Top newcomers: So. S Jasmine Baker; So. OH Jordan Mines.
Outlook: After losing only two seniors, Caroline is confident in its abilities this season and looks for to competing with the teams in the district.
Coach: Bob Walsh
Last season: 17-10 (11-1 district)
Top returners: Jr. S Melody Washington, Jr. MH Abby Cook, Jr. OH Taylor Collins, Jr. DS Mary Fisher, Jr. OH Hadleigh King, Jr. MH M’Kayla Ainsworth, Jr. S Gretchen Weber, Jr. DS Olivia Byram.
Top newcomers: So. OH Sierra Patterson, Fr. DS Rachel Margelos, Fr. S M’layla Ainsworth, Fr. MH Anna Anderson.
Outlook: After losing six seniors from last season, the Chargers will rely upon junior setter Melody Washington’s ability to run the offense in order to defend their Battlefield District title.
Coach: Casey Cornell
Last season: 19-12 (11-1 district)
Top returners: Sr. OH Anna Jordan, So. OH Emily Flamm, Sr. S Kaitlyn Hunt, Jr. MH Bella Caudill, Jr. DS Macy Burnette, Jr. S Alexa Walsh.
Top newcomers: So MH Olivia Haynes, Fr. MH Amanda Trapp, So. DS Eden Harvey.
Outlook: Longtime coach Bob Hott retired and standout Libero Abby Wiles graduated, leaving some big shoes to fill. Jordan (who is recovering from shoulder surgery) should lead the way, along with fellow all-district picks Flamm and Hunt.
Coach: Ainsley Dickens
Top returners: Sr. S Cami Easter, Sr. OH Taylor Davis, Sr. MH Mikki Easter.
Top newcomers: Jr. OH Micah Lee
Outlook: The Cyclones’ new coaching staff instituted a freshman team with hopes of establishing roots for the program.
Coach: Lou Wondree
Last season: 9-14 (4-7 district)
Top returners: Sr. OH Nelley Hale, Jr. MH Virginia Howard, Jr. OH Staci Tate, Sr. OH Ellie Meyer, Jr. DS Diba Alemey, Sr. S Samantha Pierce.
Top newcomers: Fr. MH Teagan Thompson.
Outlook: With the addition of freshman middle hitter Teagan Thompson, along with a staff stacked with former collegiate volleyball players, James Monroe hopes to improve on last year’s record.
Coach: Jill Wine
Last season: 14-11 (8-1 district)
Top returners: Sr. MH Stephanie Denton, Sr. OH/DS Nora Heaney, Jr. S Emma Birkitt, So. L Laren Wentzel.
Top newcomers: MB Kaiya Young, So. Emily Kegley.
Outlook: A strong front row filled with upperclassmen should propel the Foxes into the district tournament this season.
Coach: Rachael B. Goode
Last season: n/a
Top returners: Sr. OH Sydney Coffman, So. L Paige Dildine, Sr. S Melissa Alsop, Sr. OH Kamber Jackson.
Top newcomers: n/a
Outlook: The Knights expect to improve upon last season’s record.
Coach: Rachel Green
Top returners:Sr. DS Amaya Green, Sr. OH Olivia Grubbs.
Top newcomers: Sr. S Caroline Brown.
Outlook: Coming off their first victory over Fluvanna in a decade, the Lions are rebuilding but hope to be competitive in the Jefferson District.
Coach: Briana Hoover
Last season: 0-22.
Top returners: Jr. OH Hannah Cowan, So. OH Jenni Pugh, Sr. S Allyson Aylor, Sr. MH Jaella Lawson.
Top newcomers: n/a
Outlook: Most of the team has played at least one season together, so there is optimism that this Hornets team can produce some wins this year.
NORTHERN NECK DISTRICT
WASHINGTON & LEE
Coach: Drew Hutt
Last season: 13-9
Top returners: A.C. Harding, Anna Boswell, Makaila Veney, Christian Ransome, Megan Smith, Zierra Sutton.
Top newcomers: Kennnise Gray, Devonna Fisher, Trinity Fauntleroy, Zoe Sanborn.
Outlook: The Eagles face their toughest schedule in school history, but should remain competitive.
Coach: Kelly Hooks
Last season: 5-7
Top returners: So. Brynn Wetherington, Jr. Nancy Tunney, Sr. Kaitlyn Jones, So. Caroline Broughton.
Top newcomers: So. Samantha Senfield, Fr. Mackenzie Shifflett, Jr. Gracie Bailey.
Coach: Jeff Shaeffer
Last season: 17-12 (9-1 Delaney Conference)
Top returners: Sr. OH Abby Sharlun, So. S Emma Shaeffer, Sr. L Allie Garrison, Sr. MH Erin Jones.
Top newcomers: So. MH Paige Bachman, Fr. OH Sydney Whittaker, Fr. DS Taylor Thomas.
Outlook: A mixture of experienced players and talented newcomers gives the Eagles a chance to compete for the Delaney Athletic Conference title..